Category Archives: Marvel

Zub Comics Arriving in December 2022

story by Jim Zub
art and cover by TROY LITTLE

What could be worse than an off-planet sugar deal gone wrong? Tripping through a Lovecraftian hellscape with the Smith family as they fight, uh, cosmic sentient color and racist fish people? That can’t be right…

cover by PACO MEDINA
variant cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

• The Murderworld stream will not be stopped and, as its dwindling contestants grow more desperate, the wall-crawling web of death surrounding them begins to tighten – Thwip, thwip…
• Murderworld is a chaotic contest filled with treachery and tragedy from the minds of Ray Fawkes (One Soul, Constantine) and Jim Zub(Conan the Barbarian, Avengers: No Surrender) illustrated by Farid Karami
• Arcade and his schemes have been a punchline in the past, but this game is no laughing matter.
Each issue ups the ante and will keep readers guessing right up until the end. Don’t miss it!
32 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+

story by JIM ZUB
art and cover by SEAN IZAAKSE
trading card variant cover by STEFANO CASELLI

Super heroes, celebrities, troublemakers, criminals…Clint Barton’s dream team crumbles as the shadow that’s been cast over every move they’ve made is finally revealed!
Who’s behind their downfall, and what comes next?
“Justice, Like Lightning” celebrates 25 years in the Mighty Marvel Manner!
32 PGS./Rated T+

Murderworld Interview on CBR

Ray Fawkes and I chatted with Dave Richards at CBR all about Murderworld: Avengers and the other upcoming Murderworld specials that tell a wildly unexpected and dark story all about the Marvel Universe’s deadly game show. Check it out.

Thunderbolts #1 Reviews

THUNDERBOLTS #1 arrived in comic stores this week. What did reviewers think of it?

AIPT: 9/10 “an explosive super-fun start to a series with historically good runs. Not only is it well-paced and exciting from cover to cover, but it offers a solid reason to exist in an era of superhero books that can be rote and uninteresting.”

But Why Tho: 8/10 “Humorous dialogue and delightful art is blended with a story with heaps of potential in an opening issue that doesn’t like slowing down. It’s a team that feels different from others and that is ultimately a good thing.”

Comic Book Club: “I thought this was great. I liked the Hawkeye humor mixed with action.”

Comic Book Resources: “a solid introduction to the latest iteration of the classic Marvel team. It’s a different take from what fans of the series might expect, but it’s a premise that holds intrigue and promise.”

Comic Crusaders: 8/10 “Not being a huge Hawkeye fan, I was kind of on the fence when this book came down the pipe. With that said, what I found was an enjoyable little romp that succeeds in its aim to bring the Thunderbolts back in a way that fits the current Marvel city scape.”

Comic Watch: 8.2/10 “this comic is an extremely pleasant surprise. New comics that use crossovers or event comics as their springboard don’t always fare well in the long run due to their roots in other stories. This latest iteration of Thunderbolts, though, potentially has what it takes to go the distance.”

Geek’d Out: 8.2/10 “as Thunderbolts # 1 proves, this has always been a different sort of team.”

Graphic Policy: 8.2/10 “The comic is fresh while also the best of what has come before. It sets up an interesting team dynamic, and team in general, and delivers enough mysteries to come to keep readers on their toes. It’s a solid buy for long time fans of the characters and property and those new to the Thunderbolts.”

Infinity Flux: “My favorite read of the week…New Thunderbolts team versus the old Thunderbolts team is a great way to start the series.”

Laughing Place: “If there is one word to describe this first issue, it is simply ‘fun.’…An exciting story has been set up here and it’s one Marvel fans will certainly be looking forward to.”

Longbox Heroes: “I like an interesting weird team and this is an interesting weird team…I enjoyed the first issue.”

Lord Retail: “I wasn’t sure at first, but Thunderbolts #1 was great. It did all the right things. Mayor Cage needs an official NYC team & Clint Barton is in! Footnotes, rematches, mystery characters. This is the best thing Jim Zub has written! Buy with confidence!”

LRM Online: “This really hit on all cylinders for me. I thought it worked really, really well.”

Multiversity: 9.5/10 “Gets you excited to see what’s next. Zub and the team give you a fun, action-packed story with its tongue in cheek. It’s a fantastic premier issue, leaving you wanting more…Thunderbolts #1 is superhero storytelling at its finest, exciting, bombastic, and funny all at once.”

Next issue: “The art is very fitting. I love the designs and redesigns of the characters…I had a lot of fun with it.”

Pop Culture Philosophers: “A really good first issue of a classic-feeling and vibing Marvel Comic. I loved it.”

Primary Ignition: “The issue does a decent job introducing everybody, and enough of the focus is on Clint to hold my attention as we get through those introductions. Thunderbolts looks like it’s going to be light-hearted and fun.”

Super Powered Fancast: 9/10 “a fun, thrilling and often funny first issue. Clint is utilized brilliantly in the story by putting him in the position of the elder statesman who is still rough around the edges…The action is visually thrilling and I love the character designs and background details.”

Two-Headed Nerd: “Zub’s script captures the voices of characters like Hawkeye and Luke Cage really well…A solid superhero story that’s a lot of fun.”

We Have Issues: “It launches with drama. There should always be drama with the Thunderbolts…I really, thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Weird Science Marvel Comics: 8/10 “Thunderbolts #1 is a surprisingly solid setup issue that brings a new team together under the authority of Mayor Luke Cage. The introductions are well-paced and shown rather than simply told.”

FreakSugar Interview about Thunderbolts

I spoke to Jed Keith at FreakSugar all about the new Thunderbolts series I’m writing. Check it out.

Zub Comics Arriving in November!

Story by Jim Zub
Art and Cover by Edwin Huang, Misty Coats
When the Skullkickers enter the Academy of Serious Sorcery, it’ll take all their wits and steel to defeat warped wizardry, whimsical wands, and wicked witchcraft.

Celebrate 12 years of skull-kicking goodness with a brand-new story of swords and sassery from JIM ZUB (Conan the Barbarian, Dungeons & Dragons) and EDWIN HUANG (Street Fighter)!

In Shops: Nov 09, 2022 SRP: $3.99

Variant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG
Variant Cover by RYAN BROWN


• Hundreds are killed every year in an elaborate secret tournament run by a sadistic man with nearly limitless resources at his fingertips.
• It’s not an urban legend. It’s not a myth – MURDERWORLD is real! It’s online, and the gruesome truth has been hidden from everyone except its victims – until NOW.
• Meet Paul Pastor, the extraordinary young documentarian who’s going to expose it all…with some super-powered help. The Black Widow has a personal grudge to settle with Murderworld mastermind Arcade – but can she stop this game before it kills again?

MURDERWORLD is the wildly violent ride you’ve been waiting for. Gut-wrenching twists, unbelievable deaths, the Avengers bloodier than you’ve ever seen them before – the tormented minds of Jim Zub (Conan the Barbarbian, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER), Ray Fawkes (One Soul, Constantine) and Jethro Morales kick off the must-have miniseries of the year!

32 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ $3.99

Story by JIM ZUB
Art and Cover by SEAN IZAAKSE
Trading Card Variant Cover by STEFANO CASELLI
• The Thunderbolts were hired to defend New York City from super-heroic threats of any size.
• Even the big ones.
• Especially the big ones.
• Time to go to work…

32 PGS./Rated T+ $3.99

Story by JIM ZUB

Sonja and her unexpected new companion struggle to stay ahead of unnatural horrors hunting them on the open road but, if they can’t find a way to trust each other, their quest will be lost before it’s barely begun…

As we head toward 2023, the 50th anniversary of the She-Devil With a Sword, Dynamite’s newest sweeping story of sword & sorcery high adventure continues from writer Jim Zub (Conan the Barbarian, Dungeons & Dragons, Avengers) and artist Giovanni Valletta (John Wick, James Bond)!
In Shops: Nov 09, 2022
SRP: $3.99

MURDERWORLD Begins in November!

Announced today at, I’m the co-writer of MURDERWORLD, a series of connected
one-shot issues taking readers through a tense and deadly thrill ride of a story that co-writer Ray Fawkes and I came up with 18 years ago!

Pitched originally to Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada way back in 2004, before I had any professional writing credits at all, it’s surreal and exciting to finally see this story concept coming to fruition after so many years. Ray and I are well established writers now able to deliver on the potential of our original Murderworld idea and can’t wait for readers to see the twisted tale we have planned.

MURDERWORLD: AVENGERS launches in November!

Let the games begin! This November, Marvel’s greatest heroes will confront the full terror of Murderworld in a new saga!

Crafted by writers Jim Zub (CONAN THE BARBARIAN, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER) and Ray Fawkes (ONE SOUL, CONSTANTINE), this five-part series will plunge readers into the darkest depths of Arcade’s Murderworld, the classic location that’s caused mayhem in the Marvel Universe for decades! Overloaded with gut-wrenching twists, unbelievable deaths, and bloodied and bruised Marvel heroes, this unpredictable story will reveal just how deadly Murderworld truly is and uncover shocking truths behind the countless victims that have found themselves trapped there.

Zub and Fawkes will be joined by a murderer’s row of talented artists throughout the series starting with Jethro Morales. The wildly violent ride will kick off in MURDERWORLD: AVENGERS #1 and then continue in one-shots starring Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Moon Knight before exploding in typical Murderworld fashion in a dramatic finale issue!

“When I first saw Murderworld in an issue of UNCANNY X-MEN, I was fascinated by its colorful corniness mixed with deception and violence,” Zub explained. “Many years ago, Ray and I chatted about a twisted thriller-survival story set in Arcade’s deadly playground and now, starting with MURDERWORLD: AVENGERS, we’re finally getting the chance to unleash it!”

“Murderworld is one of those stealthy, ultra-compelling concepts that always made the Marvel Universe so fascinating to me – the gaudy, family-fun veneer slapped over a deadly threat. When Jim and I were discussing it, ideas to make it more and more frightening and exciting just kept coming to us. I’m thrilled to bring them to readers in all their horrible glory!” Fawkes added.

On Sale 11/16

Hundreds are killed every year in an elaborate secret tournament run by a sadistic man with nearly limitless resources at his fingertips.

It’s not an urban legend. It’s not a myth – MURDERWORLD is real! It’s online, and the gruesome truth has been hidden from everyone except its victims – until NOW.

Meet Paul Pastor, the extraordinary young documentarian who’s going to expose it all…with some super-powered help, starting with the Avengers! In MURDERWORLD: AVENGERS, the Black Widow has a personal grudge to settle with Murderworld mastermind Arcade – but can she stop this game before it kills again?

Comic Shenanigans: Talking Thunderbolts, Life of Wolverine, and Conan the Barbarian

I spoke to Adam Chapman at Comic Shenanigans all about Thunderbolts, Avengers Tech-On, Life of Wolverine, and Conan the Barbarian. We cover a lot of great ground on these projects, talking about development, drama, continuity and more.

I’ve been on Comic Shenanigans before, so if you want to check out those past episodes, here they are:
Episode 368: Thunderbolts and More
Episode 794: Agents of Wakanda, Conan the Barbarian, and More

Talking Thunderbolts With

I spoke to Ben Morse at all about the brand new THUNDERBOLTS launching this summer.
Sean Izaakse and I have big-fun plans for Clint Barton, Monica Rambeau, and the rest of the team –
Give it a read!

Talking About THUNDERBOLTS With Comic Book Resources!

I chatted with Dave Richards at Comic Book Resources all about the return of THUNDERBOLTS
– the team line-up, redemption, villains, and Ted Lasso, plus exclusive new cover and interior art –
Read and share!

Talking all-New Thunderbolts With ComicPop

I had a wonderful time talking about Thunderbolts and Marvel continuity with Sal at ComicPop.
Give it a listen and make sure you pre-order Thunderbolts #1, arriving in May!